circumnutate

[ sur-kuh m-noo-teyt, -nyoo- ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈnu teɪt, -ˈnyu- /

verb (used without object), cir·cum·nu·tat·ed, cir·cum·nu·tat·ing.

(of the apex of a stem or other growing part of a plant) to bend or move around in an irregular circular or elliptical path.

Nearby words

  1. circumjacent,
  2. circumlocution,
  3. circumlunar,
  4. circumnavigate,
  5. circumnavigation,
  6. circumnutation,
  7. circumocular,
  8. circumpolar,
  9. circumradius,
  10. circumrotate

Origin of circumnutate

1875–80; circum- + nutate < Latin nūtātus, past participle of nūtāre to nod in assent, sway, totter

Related formscir·cum·nu·ta·tion, nouncir·cum·nu·ta·to·ry [sur-kuh m-noo-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -nyoo-] /ˌsɜr kəmˈnu təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˈnyu-/, adjective

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